As a certified image consultant and wardrobe stylist, I need to earn a certain number of CEUs (continuing education units) each year to maintain my certification. I love attending conferences where I stay current with the latest teachings in the world of fashion and image. I spent last weekend attending the AICI (Association of Image Consultants, International) conference here in San Francisco. While I was of course taking copious notes, I was also snapping pics of jewelry that caught my eye on fellow attendees.
I noticed a few trends going on. First was layered necklaces. Here are various layers I spied….
Here’s a close-up of the key pendant, by Jennifer Montana’s jewelry line which donates 80% of its proceeds to charity.
Stacked bracelets was another trend that was definitely going strong.
So December comes along in the life of a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist…the majority of fall/winter clothes are going on sale, resort is coming in, and it’s pretty much chaos in downtown San Francisco. I’m tying up loose ends for my clients’ wardrobes, doing some holiday gift shopping, and trying to keep calm through it all — especially on a day like today, which was pretty much loco at Union Square.
As I strolled along, taking calming breaths, I was delighted to be side-tracked by this mannequin outside the Jill Sander boutique in Neiman Marcus. The chic black dress was lovely, but what really made it pop for me was the trio of silver bracelets on the wrist. I don’t know who designed them, but I instantly pictured myself on a rustic, cracked tile-floored terrace in Sorrento, overlooking the Mediterranean while drinking a cold vodka-soda. (and of course a handsome, charming gentleman by my side!)
You may think I’m crazy that jewelry can transport me like that, but it truly does. I picture where I would be wearing it, who I’d be with, and how I’d be feeling. Who needs fairy tales when you can get all this from a mannequin?! I walked away with a smile on my face.
I always love to see what eclectic mixes people can come up with in their bracelet stacks. This gal did not disappoint, and I think we spent at least 10 minutes talking about where all her various bracelets came from.
From the pearls by Erica Molinari, to the large bracelet by Diane Cotton, it was a cool mix. The antler cuff is from Grange Hall in Texas — apparently a store that I must add to my “must see” list!
This inspires me. Tomorrow I will be heading to my jewelry box and creating a brand new stack for the day!!